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FERNDALE ... at ,nacortes BELLINGHAM .. at Burlington By Paul Johnson Just how well the Arlington Eagles fare this football season will depend on how long it takes the many untried players to reach their football maturity. "With only ten seniors out this season, this is one of the youngest teams I've coached," says Head Coach Jim Kavaney. "The juniors and sophomores will have to do outstanding for us to have a successful year." After two consecutive trips to the KingBowl it looks as if the Eagles may spend this season rebuilding. Though the team is young, there are some strong poin- ts as well. Shawn Shepherd is probably the most obvious of these merits. Last year Shepherd scored 11 touchdowns for the Eagles from his tailback position, and will most likely be the center ot the offense this season as well. Defensively, he will call the signals from his middle linebacker position, where he was one of Arlington's leading tacklers a year ago. Running interference for Shepherd, the Eagles have a pair of junior tackles who "have the potential to be the best pa!r of tackles I've seen in my 11 years here," according to Coach Steve Barker. Jerry Wesson and Rich Kucera have beth waited two years for their chance to get regular starting positions. They may be able to make some holes for the Eagle back- field, if they progress as their coaches' desire. How soon they reach their potential will probably have a big effect on Arlington's performance this season. Defenisvely, Zach Failer showed well in the pre- season. Failer joins Shepherd and Erik Norgard as the core of the Eagle defense. "These guys will really do some hard hitting," said Defensive Coach Bill Sharp, "if we can catch them (the opponent) we will hit them very hard." In the past few years it has been Arlington's agressive defense that has put them into their winning form. Last year Eagle defenders allowed an average of less than seven points a game. Another area that may help determine how well the Eagles will do this season may be in the health of impor- tant players. "Due to smaller than usual turn-out, there is a lack of depth or back-up," according to Athletic Direc- tor Chuck Borberg, "the key to our season is staying injury free." When you have starters with little or no experience the need to replace them with even less experienced players does not seem promising. Exactly what to expect from the Eagles is hard to predict. Young players seem to either freeze in action or sparkle under pressure. For Arlington, the course the majority of the players follow will determine the outcome of their season. The best way for you to know is to see for yourself, like this coming Friday in Mount Vernon. See you there. UPHOLSTERY &GLASS 435.2322 BIRD CAFE "Eat 'em up" 435-3095 NELSON DISTRIBUTING "What a gas !" PILCHgCK TREE FARM "Cut 'em down" BEN'S "Celebrate whh us" J i m "S TAXIDERMY 24410 55TH NE ARLINGTON CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH A full line of Chrysler products- Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge & Dodge trucks SILVANA COLD "Slaughter 'em " JIM GREHZ 435-4905